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Feast of Sarah Platt Doremus (August 4)   Leave a comment

Above:  Sarah Platt Doremus

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SARAH PLATT HAINES DOREMUS (AUGUST 3, 1802-JANUARY 29, 1877)

Foundress of the Women’s Union Missionary Society

Sarah Platt Haines Doremus comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via G. Scott Cady and Christopher L. Webber, A Year with American Saints (2006).

Sometimes God calls upon someone to perform a certain task, that person tries to perform that task, and other people stand in the way.  These human obstacles may mistake themselves for being something other than what they are.  They may imagine, for example, that they are upholding God-ordained standards of feminine propriety.  Consider the case of our saint, for example, O reader.

Sarah Platt Haines, born in New York, New York, on August 3, 1802, was the daughter of merchant Elias Haines and a granddaughter (on her mother’s side) of prominent attorney Robert Ogden, of New Jersey.  Our saint had a strong interest in foreign missionary work, starting at the age of 12 years.  In 1821, our saint married wealthy merchant Thomas C. Doremus (1796-1879).  He spent the rest of his life contributing financially to her causes.  Starting in 1828, one of these causes was a relief mission for Greek Christians.  Our saint and eight other women organized this effort.

In 1834, David Abeel (1804-1846), back in the United States for a time, spoke to an audience that included Sarah Platt Doremus.  He said that women in China were requesting female missionaries.  Doremus immediately attempted to start a female missionary agency in her denomination, the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church (now the Reformed Church in America).  This effort went nowhere quickly.  Prevailing gender norms considered single women serving as missionaries to be extremely inappropriate.

Our saint still had work to do, so she did it.  

  1. She raised the nine children to whom she gave birth.  She also raised adopted children.
  2. She painted and embrodered.
  3. In 1840, she started working with female prisoners.  She visited them in prison, established Sunday services, and, in 1840, helped (with friend and novelist Catherine Maria Sedgwick, 1789-1867) to found the Home for Women Discharged from Prison.  After Sedgwick died, Doremus became the Home’s president, in 1867.
  4. In 1850, she helped to found the House and School of Industry for Poor Women.  She began to serve as its president in 1867.
  5. In 1854, she became the vice president of the Nursery and Child’s Hospital, which she had helped to found.  
  6. In 1855, she helped to found the New York Woman’s Hospital.  She eventually served as its president, too.
  7. During the Civil War, she helped to distribute supplies to hospitals in New York City.

The Civil War created an opportunity for Doremus to do what God had called her to do in 1834.  With so many men participating the war, our saint seized the opportunity to found the Women’s Union Missionary Society of America for Heathen Lands.  She did this in New York City in 1861.  Women from six denominations participated in this meeting.  For fifteen years, our saint operated the missionary agency from her home.  The first missionary, Harriet Britain, departed for India in 1862.  When Doremus died, in 1877, the agency had more than a thousand missionaries in the field.  The Women’s Union Missionary Society also provided a model that members of other denominations followed.

Doremus added more activities and responsibilities to her schedule.

  1. In 1866, she became a manager of the Presbyterian Home for Aged Women, which she had helped to organize.
  2. In 1869, she collected supplies for Irish potato famine victims.
  3. She found time for many years to manage municipal branches of the City Mission and Tract Society and of the Female Bible Society.
  4. In 1876, she joined a committee to found non-sectarian schools for newly-arrived Italian immigrants.

Our saint, aged 74 years, died in New York, New York, on January 29, 1877.  A contemporary newspaper account reported on the funeral procession and the overflow crowd at the old South Reformed Church, Brooklyn.

The Women’s Union Missionary Society merged with the Bible and Medical Missionary Society in 1974 to form International Service Fellowship (Interserve International).

May all we human beings with pulses overcome all obstacles to fulfilling the missions God has given us.  And may all of us refrain from erecting such obstacles in the paths of others.  If we will not or cannot help, may we stay out of the way.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 23, 2021 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH, BISHOP AND MARTYR, 107/115; SAINT POLYCARP OF SMYRNA, BISHOP AND MARTYR, 155/156; AND SAINT IRENAEUS OF LYONS, CIRCA 202 

THE FEAST OF SAINT ALEXANDER AKIMETES, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT

THE FEAST OF SAMUEL WOLCOTT, U.S. CONGREGATIONALIST MINISTER, MISSIONARY, AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF SAINT STEFAN WINCENTY FRELICHOWSKI, POLISH ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST AND MARTYR, 1945

THE FEAST OF SAINT WILLIGIS, ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MAINZ; AND SAINT BERNWARD, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF HILDESHEIM

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Almighty God, whose will it is to be glorified in your saints,

and who raised up your servant Sarah Platt Doremus to be a light in the world:

Shine, we pray, in our hearts, that we also in our generation may show forth your praise,

who called us out of darkness into your marvelous light;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Isaiah 49:1-6

Psalm 98 or 98:1-4

Acts 17:22-31

Matthew 28:16-20

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), 717

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Feast of Carroll O’Connor (August 4)   Leave a comment

Above:  Carroll O’Connor as Archie Bunker 

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JOHN CARROLL O’CONNER (AUGUST 2, 1924-JUNE 24, 2001)

U.S. Roman Catholic Actor and Screen Writer

Carroll O’Connor comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via my choice.  The Ecumenical Calendar is, after all, my hobby, by which I call attention to holy lives and legacies.

Edward Joseph O’Connor and Elise Patricia O’Connor, of Manhattan, New York, New York, had three sons.  The attorney and his wife had Hugh (who grew up to become a doctor), Robert (who grew up to become a psychiatrist), and (John) Carroll.  Our saint, born in The Bronx on August 2, 1924, grew up mostly in Queens.  After graduating from Newtown High School, Queens, he matriculated at Wake Forest University in 1941.  In the wake of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, our saint dropped out of Wake Forest University.  Rejected by the U.S. Navy, O’Connor served in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II instead.

After the war, O’Connor resumed his higher education.  He matriculated at the University of Montana.  There he served on the editorial staff of the campus newspaper, the Montana Kaimin.  In 1949, our saint resigned from the newspaper staff to protest the destruction of one issue.  That issue had contained an editorial cartoon that criticized the state Board of Education.  At the University of Montana, O’Connor also acted in theater productions.  This was how he met his fiancée, Nancy Fields (1929-2014), then working as a makeup artist of campus theater productions.

O’Connor left Montana for Dublin, Ireland, to help his brother Hugh get into medical school at University College Dublin.  Our saint studied literature and Irish history at University College Dublin, and commenced his career as an actor.

Nancy, having graduated from the University of Montana with degrees in drama and English in 1951, joined her fiancé in Dublin, Ireland.  They married there on July 28, 1951.  She also continued her education at University College Dublin.  The couple returned to Montana in 1956.  Our saint pursued a master’s degree in speech.

O’Connor became a character actor.  He appeared in many movies and television series.  He became a leading man when he began to portray the bigoted Archie Bunker on All in the Family (1971-1979).  Our saint continued to play Bunker in Archie Bunker’s Place (1979-1983).

Archie Bunker was a seminal character.  He was a working-class, right-wing bigot who committed frequent malapropisms, such as

up the creek without a saddle.

Bunker was afraid of the world, which was changing around him.  Bunker was anti-Semitic.  He also despised Poles, Roman Catholics, Hispanics, African Americans, feminists, liberals, and peace activists.  President Richard Nixon, who appealed to his “Silent Majority,” complained that the series made the bigoted main character come across as a “horse’s ass.”  Yet Bunker, as O’Connor portrayed him, was no stereotypical character.  And Bunker mellowed over the years.  At the end, he had a Jewish business partner.

O’Connor’s next long-lasting series was In the Heat of the Night (1988-1995).  He portrayed Bill Gillespie, the Chief of Police (later Sheriff) of Sparta, Mississippi.  In the third season, when our saint became an executive producer, he transformed the series into a vehicle for addressing social issues.

Back in 1962, our saint had been in Rome, Italy, for the filming of Cleopatra.  While in the Eternal City, the O’Connors had adopted a six-day-old boy and named him Hugh O’Connor, after our saint’s late brother.  High, the brother, had died in a motorcycle accident the previous year.  The younger Hugh (born on April 7, 1962) struggled with drug addiction for the latter half of his life.  This addiction had started in adolescence, with pain killers.  Hugh worked on some of his father’s projects.  On In the Heat of the Night, he portrayed officer Lonnie Jamison.  Hugh, overwhelmed by his addiction, committed suicide on March 28, 1995.

Harry Perzigian was the drug dealer who sold the final dose of cocaine to Hugh.  Perzigian went to prison in 1996 for possessing cocaine and selling some to Hugh O’Connor.  Our saint publicly accused the drug dealer of being complicit in Hugh’s death.  The drug dealer sued the grieving father for defamation.  A jury sided with our saint in 1997.

In the wake of Hugh’s suicide, O’Connor also raised public awareness about drug addiction and lobbied for legal reform.  He filmed a public service announcement.  Our saint lobbied for California’s Drug Dealer Civil Liability Act, passed in 1997.  The law allowed anyone affected adversely by a drug dealer’s actions to sue for reimbursement for addiction-related expenses, as well as for damages.  Other states have passed similar laws.

O’Connor taught screenwriting at the University of Montana and continued to act until very late in life.  His final role was Marty O’Reilly, a kindly grandfather, in Return to Me (2000).

O’Connor, aged 76 years, died of a heart attack in Culver City, California, on June 21, 2001.

Our saint, a devout Roman Catholic, was considerably to the left of Archie Bunker.  O’Connor was also a loving husband and father.  His artistic legacy, much of it committed to film, has continued to enrich the lives of many people, fortunately.

Nancy Fields O’Connor, aged 84 years, died on November 10, 2014.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 23, 2021 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH, BISHOP AND MARTYR, 107/115; SAINT POLYCARP OF SMYRNA, BISHOP AND MARTYR, 155/156; AND SAINT IRENAEUS OF LYONS, CIRCA 202 

THE FEAST OF SAINT ALEXANDER AKIMETES, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT

THE FEAST OF SAMUEL WOLCOTT, U.S. CONGREGATIONALIST MINISTER, MISSIONARY, AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF SAINT STEFAN WINCENTY FRELICHOWSKI, POLISH ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST AND MARTYR, 1945

THE FEAST OF SAINT WILLIGIS, ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MAINZ; AND SAINT BERNWARD, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF HILDESHEIM

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O God, you have brought us near to an innumerable company of angels,

and to the spirits of just men made perfect:

Grant us during our earthly pilgrimage to abide in their fellowship,

and in our heavenly country to become partakers of their joy;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9

Psalm 34 or 34:15-22

Philippians 4:4-9

Luke 6:17-23

Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), 725

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Feast of Blessed Frederic Jansoone (August 4)   Leave a comment

Above:  Blessed Frédéric Jansoone 

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BLESSED FRÉDÉRIC JANSOONE (NOVEMBER 19, 1838-AUGUST 4, 1916)

French-Canadian Roman Catholic Priest and Friar

Blessed Frédéric Jansoone, born into a cultured, Flemish-speaking family at Ghyvelde, Nord, France, on November 19, 1838, was on the Earth to be a priest.  Our saint’s father was farmer Pierre-Antoine Jansoone; his mother was Marie-Isabelle Bollengier.  Pierre-Antoine died when our saint was nine years old.  Although Frédéric had discerned his vocation at a young age, he had to delay pursuing it, for he had to work to help support the family.  After working as a traveling salesman for a few years, he pursued his vocation.

Jansoone joined the Franciscans in his early twenties.  He, ordained a priest in 1870, served as a chaplain in the French army during the Franco-Prussian War.  Later, in the Holy Land, Jansoone rebuilt the Stations of the Cross in the streets of Jerusalem.  He also built a church in Bethlehem and negotiated the arrangements for the Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, and Armenian Apostolic sharing of sacred spaces in Jerusalem.

From 1888 to 1916 Jansoone lived in Canada.  He helped to develop the Shrine of Our Lady at Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec.  Our saint also wrote hagiographies and sold his Manual for the Third Order door-to-door, thereby reestablishing the Franciscans in Canada.  Experience as a traveling salesman proved useful.

Jansoone died at Montreal on August 4, 1916.  He was 77 years old.  Pope John Paul II declared him a Venerable in 1985 then a Blessed in 1988.

Sometimes detours in life prepare one for tasks in later years.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 12, 2018 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF EDWIN PAXTON HOOD, ENGLISH CONGREGATIONALIST MINISTER, PHILANTHROPIST, AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF CHRISTIAN DAVID JAESCHKE, GERMAN MORAVIAN ORGANIST AND COMPOSER; AND HIS GRANDSON, HENRI MARC VOLDEMAR VOULLAIRE, MORAVIAN COMPOSER AND MINISTER

THE FEAST OF ENMEGAHBOWN, EPISCOPAL PRIEST AND MISSIONARY TO THE OJIBWA NATION

THE FEAST OF JOSEPH DACRE CARLYLE, ANGLICAN PRIEST AND HYMN WRITER

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O God, whose blessed Son became poor that we through his poverty might be rich:

Deliver us from an inordinate love of this world, that we,

inspired by the devotion of your servant Blessed Frédéric Jansoone,

may serve you with singleness of heart,

and attain to the riches of the age to come;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Song of Songs 8:6-7

Psalm 34

Philippians 3:7-15

Luke 12:33-37 or Luke 9:57-62

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), 722

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Feast of Lambert Beauduin (August 4)   Leave a comment

Above:  Lambert Beauduin

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LAMBERT BEAUDUIN (AUGUST 4, 1873-JANUARY 11, 1960)

Belgian Roman Catholic Priest and Pioneer of Liturgical Renewal

Octave Beauduin, born near Liêge, Belgium, on August 4, 1873, came from a wealthy, liberal, and devout family.  Every evening the family and servants gathered for devotions.  Beauduin, ordained a priest in 1897, carried that devout. progressive spirit into his adult life.  After teaching at a minor seminary for two years, our saint joined the Labor Chaplain movement in 1899.  He, as part of that movement, one controversial with much of the ecclesiastical hierarchy, ministered to industrial workers who might otherwise be alienated from the Church.

Eventually Beauduin left the Labor Chaplain movement for the Order of Saint Benedict, becoming Lambert in 1907.  At the monastery at Mount César our saint, influenced by the prior, Columba Marmion (1858-1923), developed a deep appreciation for the liturgy.

This was controversial.  (What was not controversial?)  From 1909 to 1921 Beauduin was at the center of the Belgian liturgical movement.  He argued against individualism, secularism, the neglect of prayer, and other ills, classifying them as explanations for the neglect of liturgy as the center of Christian piety.  This was the crux of Liturgy, the Life of the Church (1914; English-language translation, 1926).  He favored, among other things, High Masses, Vespers and Compline as parish services, and the participation of all present at Masses.

Beauduin was also a student of Eastern Christianity.  He, from 1921 a professor of theology at the Pontifical Atheneum of Sant’Anselmo, Rome, opened a biritual monastery at Amay in 1926.  That year he began to publish Irénikon, a journal of studies of Eastern Christianity.  All this was, of course, controversial, as was his openness to dialogue with Anglicans.

Thus, from 1931 to 1951, Beuduin was in involuntary exile from Belgium.  He served as the chaplain to two French convents, influenced Virgil Michel (1890-1938), helped to found the Centre de Pastorale Liturgique in Paris in 1943, and, the following year, renewed a friendship with Angelo Roncalli, the future Pope St. John XXIII (1881-1963).

Beauduin returned to Belgium in 1951.  He settled at the monastery he had founded, relocated to Chevetogne.  There, after years of suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, our saint died on January 11, 1960.  He was 86 years old.

Much of what Beauduin recommended became reality.  Nevertheless, the necessity of heeding his sage counsel, especially in ways churches have not followed it, remains.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 12, 2018 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF EDWIN PAXTON HOOD, ENGLISH CONGREGATIONALIST MINISTER, PHILANTHROPIST, AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF CHRISTIAN DAVID JAESCHKE, GERMAN MORAVIAN ORGANIST AND COMPOSER; AND HIS GRANDSON, HENRI MARC VOLDEMAR VOULLAIRE, MORAVIAN COMPOSER AND MINISTER

THE FEAST OF ENMEGAHBOWN, EPISCOPAL PRIEST AND MISSIONARY TO THE OJIBWA NATION

THE FEAST OF JOSEPH DACRE CARLYLE, ANGLICAN PRIEST AND HYMN WRITER

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Within the hour, while seeking a good proper for liturgists in official volumes from various denominations, I found no such thing.  So I wrote a prayer and selected the readings.

Holy God, whose majesty surpasses all human definitions and capacity to grasp,

thank you for those (especially Lambert Beauduin.)

who have nurtured and encouraged the reverent worship of you.

May their work inspire us to worship you in knowledge, truth, and beauty.

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

1 Chronicles 25:1-8

Psalm 145

Revelation 15:1-4

John 4:19-26

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 27, 2012 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT JAMES INTERCISUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYR

THE FEAST OF HENRY SLOANE COFFIN, U.S. PRESBYTERIAN THEOLOGIAN

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Feast of John Brownlie (August 4)   1 comment

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JOHN BROWNLIE (AUGUST 3, 1859-NOVEMBER 18, 1925)

Scottish Presbyterian Minister, Hymn Writer, and Translator of Hymns

John Brownlie (1859-1925) contributed much to his community and to the larger church.  His interest in hymnody led him to enrich the lives of Christians of his day and many of us born since then.  Our saint, educated at the University of Glasgow, became a minister of the Free Church of Scotland (1843-1900) then its successor, the United Free Church of Scotland (1900-1929).  From 1885 to 1890 he served as the assistant pastor of the congregation at Portpatrick, Wigtownshire; from 1890 he was the senior pastor.  From 1897 to 1901 our saint sat on the board of governors of Stranraer High School; in 1901 he became the chairman of the board.

Brownlie’s most enduring legacy is that of his contribution to English hymnody.  He translated many hymns into English and composed many original hymns.  And he published collections of these texts, original and translated.  A partial list of such volumes follows:

  1. Hymns of Our Pilgrimage (1889);
  2. Zionward:  Hymns of the Pilgrim Life (1890);
  3. Pilgrim Songs (1892);
  4. Hymns of the Early Church (1896);
  5. Hymns of the Greek Church (1900);
  6. Hymns of the Holy Eastern Church (1902);
  7. Hymns from the East (1907);
  8. Hymns of the Russian Church (1907);
  9. Hymns of the Apostolic Church (1909); and
  10. Hymns from the Morningland (1911).

Our saint also prepared Hymns and Hymn Writers of The Church Hymnary (1899), the companion volume to The Church Hymnary (1898).

The Church is better off for the talents of people such as John Brownlie applied to the glorification of God.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 27, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM, BISHOP OF CONSTANTINOPLE

THE FEAST OF ALLEN WILLIAM CHATFIELD, ANGLICAN PRIEST, HYMN WRITER, AND TRANSLATOR

THE FEAST OF JOHN COSIN, ANGLICAN BISHOP OF DURHAM

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM JONES, ANGLICAN PRIEST AND MUSICIAN

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Holy God, whose majesty surpasses all human definitions and capacity to grasp,

thank you for those (especially John Brownlie)

who have nurtured and encouraged the reverent worship of you.

May their work inspire us to worship you in knowledge, truth, and beauty.

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

1 Chronicles 25:1-8

Psalm 145

Revelation 15:1-4

John 4:19-26

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 27, 2012 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT JAMES INTERCISUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYR

THE FEAST OF HENRY SLOANE COFFIN, U.S. PRESBYTERIAN THEOLOGIAN

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Proper 13, Year C   Leave a comment

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Above:  Some of the Possessions of Charles Foster Kane, from Citizen Kane

(A Screen Capture)

Proper Priorities

The Sunday Closest to August 3

Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

JULY 31, 2016

AUGUST 4, 2019

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The Assigned Readings:

Hosea 11:1-11 and Psalm 107:1-9, 43

or 

Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14, 2:18-23 and Psalm 49:1-11

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Colossians 3:1-11

Luke 12:13-21

The Collect:

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Some Related Posts:

Prayer of Praise and Adoration:

http://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2011/03/13/prayer-of-praise-and-adoration-for-the-eleventh-sunday-after-pentecos/

Prayer of Dedication:

http://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2011/03/13/prayer-of-dedication-for-the-eleventh-sunday-after-pentecost/

A Prayer for Proper Priorities:

http://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/a-prayer-for-proper-priorities/

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Citizen Kane is a wonderful film, one which many younger viewers, accustomed to a different, faster-paced style of cinema find intolerable.  That is their loss.  The movie ends with Charles Foster Kane having died recently.  His business empire is gone and his mansion is full of material goods which mean nothing to those burning them.

And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?

–Luke 12:20b, New Revised Standard Version

Night Prayer from A New Zealand Prayer Book (1989) contains the following words near the ritual’s beginning:

It is but lost labour that we haste to rise up early,

and so late take rest, and eat the bread of anxiety.

For those beloved of God are given gifts even while they sleep.

–page 167

Proper priorities matter.  Appropriate work provides one with an opportunity for self-fulfillment and economic independence while doing something beneficial to others.  It is about the “we,” not just “me.”  Such work is something worth enjoying.  And everything which destroys or damages that which is best in others and in oneself one must not nurture.  Or, as Rumi wrote in A Basket of Fresh Bread:

Stay bewildered in God,

and only that.

Those of you who are scattered,

simplify your worrying lives.  There is one

righteousness:  Water the fruit trees,

and don’t water the thorns.  Be generous

to what nurtures the spirit and God’s luminous

reason-light.  Don’t honor what causes

dysentery and knotted-up tumors.

Don’t feed both sides of yourself equally.

The spirit and the body carry different loads.

Too often

we put saddlebags on Jesus and let the donkey

run loose in the pasture.

Don’t make the body do

what the spirit does best, and don’t put a big load

on the spirit that the body could carry easily.

–Translated by Coleman Barks; from The Essential Rumi (1995), page 256

God, who loves us, longs to show us mercy.  Yet our actions will have consequences.  What we sow, we will also reap.  May we sow righteousness and focus on that which is positive and long-lasting.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

OCTOBER 13, 2012 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT EDWARD THE CONFESSOR, KING OF ENGLAND

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM WAYNE JUSTICE, JURIST

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Saints’ Days and Holy Days for August   Leave a comment

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Image Source = Santosh Namby Chandran

1 (JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA, DISCIPLE OF JESUS)

2 (Georg Weissel, German Lutheran Pastor and Hymn Writer)

  • Anna Bernadine Dorothy Hoppe, U.S. Lutheran Hymn Writer and Translator
  • Christian Gottfried Gebhard, German Moravian Composer and Music Educator
  • Frederick William Foster, English Moravian Bishop, Liturgist, Hymn Writer, and Hymn Translator
  • Peter Julian Eymard, Founder of the Priests of the Blessed Sacrament, the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, and the Priests’ Eucharistic League; and Organizer of the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament

3 (JOANNA, MARY, AND SALOME, WITNESSES TO THE RESURRECTION)

4 (John Brownlie, Scottish Presbyterian Minister, Hymn Writer, and Translator of Hymns)

  • Carroll O’Connor, U.S. Roman Catholic Actor and Screen Writer
  • Frédéric Janssoone, French Roman Catholic Priest and Friar
  • Lambert Beauduin, Belgian Roman Catholic Priest and Pioneer of Liturgical Renewal
  • Sarah Platt Doremus, Foundress of the Women’s Union Missionary Society

5 (Alfred Tennyson, English Poet)

  • Adam of Saint Victor, Roman Catholic Monk and Hymn Writer
  • Albrecht Dürer, Matthias Grünewald, and Lucas Cranach the Elder, Renaissance Artists
  • Francisco Zanfredini and Michelina of Pesaro, Cofounders of the Confraternity of the Annunciation
  • George Frederick Root, Poet and Composer

6 (TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST)

7 (Colbert S. Cartwright, U.S. Disciples of Christ Minister, Liturgist, and Witness for Civil Rights)

  • Guglielmo Massaia, Italian Cardinal, Missionary, and Capuchin Friar
  • John Scrimger, Canadian Presbyterian Minister, Ecumenist, and Liturgist
  • Maxim Sandovich, Russian Orthodox Priest and Martyr, 1914
  • Victricius of Rouen, Roman Conscientious Objector and Roman Catholic Bishop

8 (Mary MacKillop, Founder of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart)

  • Altman, Roman Catholic Bishop of Passau
  • Bonifacia Rodriguez Castro, Cofounder of the Congregation of the Servants of Saint Joseph
  • Dominic, Founder of the Order of Preachers
  • Raymond E. Brown, U.S. Roman Catholic Priest and Biblical Scholar

9 (Edith Stein, Roman Catholic Nun and Philosopher)

  • Florence Spearing Randolph, First Female Ordained Minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
  • Herman of Alaska, Russian Orthodox Monk and Missionary to the Aleut
  • John Dryden, English Puritan then Anglican then Roman Catholic Poet, Playwright, and Translator
  • Mary Sumner, Foundress of the Mothers’ Union

10 (William Walsham How, Anglican Bishop of Wakefield and Hymn Writer; and his sister, Frances Jane Douglas(s), Hymn Writer)

  • Catherine de Hueck Doherty, Foundress of the Madonna House Apostolate
  • Cyriaca, Roman Catholic Martyr at Rome, 249; and Sixtus II, His Companions, and Laurence of Rome, Roman Catholic Martyrs at Rome, 258
  • Edward Grzymala and Franciszek Drzewiecki, Polish Roman Catholic Priests and Martyrs, 1942
  • John Athelstan Laurie Riley, Anglican Ecumenist, Hymn Writer, and Hymn Translator

11 (Gregory Thaumaturgus, Roman Catholic Bishop of Neocaesarea; and Alexander of Comana “the Charcoal Burner,” Roman Catholic Martyr, 252, and Bishop of Comana, Pontus)

  • Equitius of Valeria, Benedictine Abbot and Founder of Monasteries
  • Matthias Loy, U.S. Lutheran Minister, Educator, Hymn Writer, and Hymn Translator; and Conrad Hermann Louis Schuette, German-American Lutheran Minister, Educator, Hymn Writer, and Hymn Translator
  • Maurice Tornay, Swiss Roman Catholic Priest, Missionary to Tibet, and Martyr, 1949
  • Stephen Rowsham, English Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr, 1587

12 (Thaddeus Stevens, U.S. Abolitionist, Congressman, and Witness for Civil Rights)

  • Charles Inglis, Anglican Bishop of Nova Scotia
  • Jane Frances de Chantal, Cofoundress of the Congregation of the Visitation
  • Józef Stepniak and Józef Straszewski, Polish Roman Catholic Priest and Martyrs, 1942
  • Karl Leisner, German Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr, 1945

13 (Jeremy Taylor, Anglican Bishop of Down, Connor, and Dromore)

  • Elizabeth Payson Prentiss, U.S. Presbyterian Hymn Writer
  • G. Bromley Oxnam, U.S. Methodist Bishop
  • Irene of Hungary, Hungarian Princess and Byzantine Empress
  • Octavia Hill, English Social Reformer

14 (William Croft, Anglican Organist and Composer)

  • John Bajus, U.S. Lutheran Minister and Hymn Translator
  • John Henry Hopkins, Jr., Episcopal Priest and Hymnodist; and his nephew, John Henry Hopkins, III, Episcopal Priest and Musician
  • Maximilian Kolbe, Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr, 1941; and Jonathan Myrick Daniels, Episcopal Seminarian and Martyr, 1965
  • Sarah Flower Adams, English Unitarian Hymn Writer; and her sister, Eliza Flower, English Unitarian Composer

15 (MARY OF NAZARETH, MOTHER OF GOD)

16 (John Diefenbaker and Lester Pearson, Prime Ministers of Canada; and Tommy Douglas, Federal Leader of the New Democratic Party)

  • Alipius, Roman Catholic Bishop of Tagaste and Friend of St. Augustine of Hippo
  • John Courtney Murray, U.S. Roman Catholic Priest and Theologian
  • John Jones of Talysarn, Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Minister and Hymn Tune Composer
  • Matthias Claudius, German Lutheran Writer

17 (Samuel Johnson, Congregationalist Minister, Anglican Priest, President of King’s College, “Father of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut,” and “Father of American Library Classification;” Timothy Cutler, Congregationalist Minister, Anglican Priest, and Rector of Yale College; Daniel Browne, Educator, Congregationalist Minister, and Anglican Priest; and James Wetmore, Congregationalist Minister and Anglican Priest)

  • Baptisms of Manteo and Virginia Dare, 1587
  • Eusebius of Rome, Bishop of Rome, and Martyr, 310
  • George Croly, Anglican Priest, Poet, Historian, Novelist, Dramatist, Theologian, and Hymn Writer
  • William James Early Bennett, Anglican Priest

18 (Artemisia Bowden, African-American Educator and Civil Rights Activist)

  • Erdmann Neumeister, German Lutheran Minister and Hymn Writer
  • Francis John McConnell, U.S. Methodist Bishop and Social Reformer
  • Jonathan Friedrich Bahnmaier, German Lutheran Minister and Hymn Writer
  • Petter Dass, Norwegian Lutheran Minister, Poet, and Hymn Writer

19 (Sixtus III, Bishop of Rome)

  • Blaise Pascal, French Roman Catholic Scientist, Mathematician, and Theologian
  • Ignaz Franz, German Roman Catholic Priest, Hymn Writer, and Hymnal Editor
  • Magnus and Agricola of Avignon, Roman Catholic Bishops of Avignon
  • William Hammond, English Moravian Hymn Writer

20 (ZACCHAEUS, PENITENT TAX COLLECTOR AND ROMAN COLLABORATOR)

21 (Bruno Zembol, Polish Roman Catholic Friar and Martyr, 1942)

  • Camerius, Cisellus, and Luxorius of Sardinia, Martyrs, 303
  • Martyrs of Edessa, Circa 304
  • Maximilian of Antioch, Martyr, Circa 353; and Bonosus and Maximianus the Soldier, Martyrs, 362
  • Victoire Rasoamanarivo, Malagasy Roman Catholic Laywoman

22 (Jack Layton, Canadian Activist and Federal Leader of the New Democratic Party)

  • John David Chambers, Anglican Hymn Writer and Translator
  • Hryhorii Khomyshyn, Symeon Lukach, and Ivan Slezyuk, Ukrainian Greek Catholic Bishops and Martyrs, 1947, 1964, and 1973
  • John Kemble and John Wall, English Roman Catholic Priests and Martyrs, 1679
  • Thomas Percy, Richard Kirkman, and William Lacey, English Roman Catholic Martyrs, 1572 and 1582

23 (Martin de Porres and Juan Macias, Humanitarians and Dominican Lay Brothers; Rose of Lima, Humanitarian and Dominican Sister; and Turibius of Mogrovejo, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Lima)

  • Franciszek Dachtera, Polish Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr, 1944
  • Geert Groote, Founder of the Brethren of the Common Life
  • Theodore O. Wedel, Episcopal Priest and Biblical Scholar; and his wife, Cynthia Clark Wedel, U.S. Psychologist and Episcopal Ecumenist
  • Thomas Augustine Judge, U.S. Roman Catholic Priest; Founder of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity, the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity, and the Missionary Cenacle Apostolate

24 (BARTHOLOMEW THE APOSTLE, MARTYR)

25 (Michael Faraday, Scientist)

  • Andrea Bordino, Italian Roman Catholic Lay Brother
  • María del Tránsito de Jesús Sacramentado, Foundress of the Congregation of the Franciscan Tertiary Missionaries of Argentina
  • Maria Troncatti, Italian Roman Catholic Nun
  • William John Copeland, Anglican Priest and Hymn Translator

26 (John Paul I, Bishop of Rome)

  • Frederick William Herzberger, U.S. Lutheran Minister, Humanitarian, and Hymn Translator
  • Levkadia Harasymiv, Ukrainian Greek Catholic Nun, and Martyr, 1952
  • Luigi Beltrame Quattrocchi and Maria Corsini Beltrame Quattrocchi, Italian Roman Catholic Humanitarians
  • Teresa of Jesus, Jornet y Ibars, Catalan Roman Catholic Nun and Cofoundress of the Little Sisters of the Abandoned Elderly

27 (Thomas Gallaudet and Henry Winter Syle, Episcopal Priests and Educators of the Deaf)

  • Amadeus of Clermont, French Roman Catholic Monk; and his son, Amadeus of Lausanne, French-Swiss Roman Catholic Abbot and Bishop
  • Dominic Barberi, Roman Catholic Apostle to England
  • George Thomas Coster, English Congregationalist Minister, Hymn Writer, and Humanitarian
  • Henriette Luise von Hayn, German Moravian Hymn Writer

28 (Ambrose of Milan, Roman Catholic Bishop; Monica of Hippo, Mother of St. Augustine of Hippo; and Augustine of Hippo, Roman Catholic Bishop of Hippo Regius)

  • Denis Wortman, U.S. Dutch Reformed Minister and Hymn Writer
  • Edmond L. Budry, Swiss Reformed Minister, Hymn Writer, and Hymn Translator
  • Laura S. Coperhaver, U.S. Lutheran Hymn Writer and Missionary Leader
  • Moses the Black, Roman Catholic Monk, Abbot, and Martyr

29 (BEHEADING OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST)

30 (Jeanne Jugan, Foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor)

  • Carlton C. Buck, U.S. Disciples of Christ Minister, Musician, and Hymn Writer
  • Gerald Kennedy, U.S. Methodist Bishop and Hymn Writer
  • John Leary, U.S. Roman Catholic Social Activist and Advocate for the Poor and Marginalized
  • Karl Otto Eberhardt, German Moravian Organist, Music Educator, and Composer

31 (NICODEMUS, DISCIPLE OF JESUS)

 

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